Martin George

Schools refuse to accomodate flexible working

The number of teachers who are in dispute over being denied part-time roles is soaring

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They are the very people who could help address the teacher-shortage crisis. Yet at a time when schools are desperate to attract more people into the classroom – and hold on to those already there – concerns are growing that teachers who want to work part-time are being discriminated against by schools.

For mothers returning to work and older teachers hoping to reduce hours in the run-up to retirement, the issue can be particularly acute.

One teaching union’s legal team has seen a 14-fold rise in disputes involving members seeking flexible working, in just four years.

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